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Apple’s iPhone 6S could have a Samsung A9 heart (sorry TSMC)

Apple’s iPhone 6S could have a Samsung A9 heart (sorry TSMC)

Apple is said to be using Samsung to build the A9 mobile chips for the iPhone and iPad in 2015, another sign that the firm's attempts to extricate itself from its rival's production expertise are struggling. Although Apple had switched to TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing) for its A-series chip production starting in 2014, according to The Korea Economic Daily it's Samsung's expertise in 14nm manufacturing that has won back Apple's business.

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Apple A7 chip tipped with Intel inside

Apple A7 chip tipped with Intel inside

With the pattern ringing true for some time now, it's not unbelievable in the slightest when one hears a tip of a so-called "A7" chip in Apple's future for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. What's slightly more questionable is the possibility that part of the production of this chip might be done by Intel. With word of Apple aiming to pull away from Samsung in their chip production across the board having been an unofficial understanding for quite a few months now, it seems that Intel might be aiming to grab a piece of the pie.

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Apple in 28nm A6X trial run with TSMC as Samsung faces chip contract loss

Apple in 28nm A6X trial run with TSMC as Samsung faces chip contract loss

Apple's attempts to extricate itself from reliance on Samsung components continue, with titters from Taiwan that TSMC will begin trial production of the Apple A6X chip (found in the latest iPad with Retina) ahead of a bid for the next-gen A7 contract. The test will kick off in Q1 2013, The China Times reports, with TSMC producing a new, 28nm version of the existing 32nm A6X that Samsung has been producing for the full-sized iPad 4th-gen; the smaller chip, which will likely be more power efficient as well, will debut in a new iPad 5th-gen and iPad mini 2.

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TSMC hunting US fab site: Makes weak “it’s not for Apple” denial

TSMC hunting US fab site: Makes weak “it’s not for Apple” denial

Chip producer TSMC, perhaps best known for snapping at Samsung's heels in wanting to be Apple's key SoC supplier, is hunting a US location for a new wafer fab plant, though the CEO insists it has nothing to do with Apple. "The US is one of the places under consideration," chairman and chief executive Morris Chang said, the Taipei Times reports, "but this has nothing to do with Apple." However, there has been speculation that TSMC is the fab partner for the rumored Project Azalea which Apple intends to use to replace Samsung.

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Apple rumored to be ditching Intel in future Macs

Apple rumored to be ditching Intel in future Macs

Apple has used three different processor brands for its Mac line ever since the first Macintosh debuted in 1984. They first used Motorola's 68000, then switched to Power PC chips, and finally made the transition to Intel processors in 2005. However, it's rumored that Apple may be working on its own chip that will see the company ditch Intel in the coming years.

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Nexus 10 vs iPad 4th Gen

Nexus 10 vs iPad 4th Gen

It would appear that amongst the software and hardware releases Google has detailed this week is their first giant iPad competitor in the Google Nexus 10. At first glance the differences might not be abundant to an everyday average user other than the obvious Android vs iOS and feel of each device. As it turns out though, these two tablets, for the first time, create a battle between the iPad and an Android-toting tablet made not just by a major manufacturer, but Google as well.

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Apple iPad mini event full round-up [UPDATE]

Apple iPad mini event full round-up [UPDATE]

Today Apple had an event that blasted forth with a collection of smaller, thinner, and much more powerful devices including the iPad mini. This event started with the massive sales of the iPod family as well as the iPhone 5, the new fastest selling phone in history. They moved on with iOS 6 adoption with a 200 million iOS devices mark for the ecosystem - that's quick! UPDATE: Check our hands-on with the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, iMac 2012 refresh, and iPad mini now!

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 25, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 25, 2012

We've had a rather interesting Tuesday here at SlashGear, thanks in no small part to RIM. The company held its BlackBerry Jam today, introducing us to new BlackBerry 10 features like Peek and Flow. We also learned that BlackBerry 10 will come with support for your favorite social networks, even offering a native Facebook app. Carrier testing on the new mobile OS will begin next month, and RIM CEO Thorsten Heins said that BlackBerry has a good shot at becoming number three behind Android and iOS.

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